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Ohio school’s promotion of prayer taken down (December 2023)

After FFRF took issue, an elementary school in Ohio’s Greenfield School District removed a post that urged children to pray together for their school. A concerned district parent reported that on Sept. 27, Rainsboro Elementary School promoted a religious event entitled “See You at the Pole,” in which students were to meet around the school flagpole to “lift up their friends, families, teachers, school and the nation to God.” “In the context of elementary schools, religious events and activities like SYATP are prohibited by the Constitution,” FFRF Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence wrote to the district. Superintendent Quincey Gray wrote back to FFRF, informing it that the post had not been planned. “Neither the Board of Education nor I were aware of the post you identified until I received your letter. The post has since been removed from the Rainsboro Elementary Facebook page,” Gray wrote.